Opioid contracts may reduce abuse

Only a third of patients with chronic pain will benefit from opioids.

According to the guidelines, even these patients will have incomplete relief of pain.

In contrast to the limited efficacy, 80% of patients will have at least one adverse effect from opioids.

Up to 20% will misuse their drugs with potentially fatal consequences.

All other treatment options should be considered before prescribing an opioid.

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